She’s not commonly known by her first name, but that’s not going to stop Rihanna from making sure no one else is allowed to use it. Riri’s trying to get a trademark for her first name, Robyn, but DC Comics is absolutely not having it. The comic book company says Rihanna’s name is far too similar to that of Batman’s beloved sidekick Robin and argues that its customers will be confused by the grab, saying it ”is likely to cause dilution by blurring and tarnishing the famous opposer’s mark.”
According to Page Six, Rihanna tried trademarking her name because she wants to use it for an online publication. DC Comics is pulling out all its already-trademarked Robin merchandise to fight Rihanna’s filing.
Rihanna is a pop superstar, but DC Comics is an American institution at this point. Robin and Robyn are spelled differently, so we’re not sure if the name would be all that confusing for DC Comics’ customers and fans, but it’s up to the courts to decide. Still, we’re more interested in the possibility of a Rihanna-owned website. Could the singer be fixing to make her own lifestyle destination à la Gwyneth Paltrow or Reese Witherspoon?
We can only hope!
[via Page Six]